Trekking to Roop Kund ( 6 Days)
A small remote lake in the deeper parts of the Himalayas is Roopkund. This has gained popularity after a heap of remains of people was found here. The theories are many. It could be that the people were pilgrims, lost their way and were destroyed by storm, or it is also possible according to some that they were a part of the team of Zoravar Singh of Jammu and were on their return journey from Tibet, after a raid. Whatever may be the reason, the lake is very pretty, on 5000m altitude and in the mountainous feature called Trishul in Gharwal in Uttarakhand. You will pass through amazing greenlands and forests and will encounter many small mountain streams. Thought not mandatory, some previous trekking experience might help. This trek is relatively easy, and you might also encounter some snow.
TRANSPORT: On foot, car or SUV with driver.
ACCOMMODATION: guest houses, home stays & campsites.
ENDURANCE LEVEL: Medium to Expert. Prior experience in trekking desirable.
ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Camping, Mountain climbing, Bird watching, Motorcycle rides, Hiking, Meditation (Optional)
DURATION: 6 to 7 Days
MEALS: By choice
COST: USD 1200 onwards
DAY 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Mundoli
As we take a car, and drive to Mundoli, we will pass destinations like Rudraparayag, Devprayag, and some other little villages. It is an 8-10 hour drive, with a few halts for lunch, etc. At night we stay in camping in Mundoli.
DAY2 : Drive from Mundoli to Bedni Bugyal via Wan
Early next morning we begin our drive to Wan (10 km) and this is the place where the real trek, begins, We take our gear form the cat , and take the trail to Bedni Bugyal ( altitude 3350 m), and trek for about 4 hours (11km) . Bedni is beautiful. There are meadows, forests, flowers and the site is ideal for camping too. You will find some locals with their sheep for grazing. One more day is spent here, to get acclimatized.
DAY 3: Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Bagubassa
Baggu Bassa meaning a place of flowers in the local Gharwaali dialect is at an altitude of 4100 meters. The name is apt as you will soon see. A wide variety of blossoms and flowers spread out over the area; include the Brahma Kamal (a type of lotus). This flower is characteristic of growing in such high altitudes. As we climb higher and the air is more rarefied, we find it more and more difficult to climb each step. A walk of 10 km today makes us reach our campsite. But the altitude is constantly increasing till Roopkund. If we attempt to reach Bagubassa early, we have a better chance of acclimatization. . We stay here for two more days. Sometimes, we might have to stay longer if the weather conditions are unsuitable.
DAY 4: Trek from Bagubassa to Roopkund
We start day 4 with more trekking to the Kaluka Vinayak Pass, and pass through the Pathar Nachwani. If the snow gets soft with sunrise, the climbing gets tougher, so it is a good idea to start a little early. You will be stupefied with the majestic view of the Himalayas and its magnificent peaks like Badrinath, Trishul, Nanda Devi, and many more. Some high altitude pastures cross our way, too, which is mostly hidden by snow for most of the year. We then reach Roopkund. Here you may see the human and horse remains centuries back.
If you go to Roop Kund and do not climb the Junargali peak, it is a pity. The peak is on the ridge. The ridge is at a height of 100 meters. Unless the weather does not permit, you should attempt this. Enjoy the view of the lovely lake, surrounded by beautiful scenery all around. Walking down the slope to our camp, we call it a day as we reach Bedni Bugyal or Bagu Bassa and have dinner there. Night stay at camp under the open sky.
DAY 5: Trek from Bedni Bugyal/Bagubassa to Wan
From here, the return to Wan begins; We will have to go through Bedni Bugyal, if our night was spent at Bagu Bassa. This journey is relatively easy to do, as the air now gets thicker, the altitude also gets comfortable. This path is lined with forests of Rhodederon and the climb over the ridge to Wan village is also very scenic. Night at campsite.
DAY 6: Drive from Wan to Rishikesh
Breakfast and then a good bye to the Bugyals, as we return to Rishikesh.